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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on February 28, 2020

Buffalo's road trip continues tonight against Vegas

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Ready for some late night hockey? 

The Sabres are in Las Vegas tonight for a game against the Golden Knights. Catch the pregame show (live on the road) starting at 9:30 p.m. on MSG. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will have the call just after 10 on MSG and WGR 550. 

Here's what you need to know. 

 

Tonight's matchup


From @SabresPR's Game Notes…

 

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Vegas 4-2 in Buffalo on Jan. 14
  • This is the sixth game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas; Buffalo has a 2-1-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 1-0-1 on the road against the Golden Knights all-time.

 

  • Buffalo is 7-4-3 against the Pacific Division this season, including a 3-2-1 record in road games.
  • If he dresses tonight, Jimmy Vesey will play his 300th NHL game.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded six assists and a plus-8 rating in Buffalo's last six games. 

 

  • Jack Eichel has recorded three two-point games in four career meetings with the Golden Knights, totaling three goals and three assists in those matchups.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted five points (2+3) in five career games against Vegas.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled four points (1+3) in four career games against the Golden Knights, including at least a point in each of his last three.
  • Marcus Johansson has tallied two assists in two career games against Vegas.
  • Dominik Kahun has totaled three points (1+2) in his last three games against the Golden Knights.

 

  • The line of Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo has scored at least one goal in each of Buffalo's last four games.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the line has outscored opponents 5-1, outshot them 26-20 and out-attempted them 40-38 when on the ice together in those four games despite having an offensive zone start percentage of just 32.1 percent.


Thursday's practice

Video: ROOMMATE ROULETTE

Dominik Kahun practiced with the team for the first time since he was traded to Buffalo on Monday. We have the latest in our Ice Level Practice Report…

Don Granato's immediate thought when reflecting on his season with Dominik Kahun in Chicago is how much the forward's teammates enjoyed playing with him. 

Granato was an assistant coach with the Blackhawks last season. Kahun was an undrafted rookie who, playing his pro first season in North America at age 23, quickly earned the respect of his peers on a veteran-laden team. 

"They liked playing with him on a line, the power play, whatever," Granato said. "You could see it. He's a fun personality but a contributing personally from the standpoint of he's very serious about his performance.

"… I'm excited that I have a chance to be on the same team again. It was fun to be around him every day in Chicago. It's fun to see him here now. I think he'll fit in fast, fit in well."

Kahun participated in his first full practice with the Sabres at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday and by all accounts is adapting quickly to his new surroundings. He already has a friend on the team in defenseman Henri Jokiharju, whom he roomed with in Chicago.

Video: AFTER PRACTICE: Krueger

The winger practiced on a line with Marcus Johansson and Jimmy Vesey, a look the Sabres could utilize if he makes his debut against the Golden Knights on Friday. Krueger expects Kahun's history at center, where he played most of his life prior to coming to the NHL, to allow him to adapt quickly to the team's expectations away from the puck. Offensively, he sees an opportunity for chemistry with Johansson. 

"There's a skill there that I think could connect with his," Krueger said. "We just feel that, again, we need to get the other lines going right now. We all know that Eichel and Larsson have a clear identity. We're looking for another mix in the other two lines and we've been moving those lines around for our liking, actually, a little too much. 

"But we see Dominik as a high skilled player with a lot of speed who should be able to connect with Johansson on his offensive side. We'll see how it all comes out tomorrow. We haven't decided final on the lines. We wanted to look at something today and that's definitely one of our options."

Read more here.

The Sabres also recalled defenseman Lawrence Pilut from Rochester and assigned John Gilmour to the Amerks.


Grillin' 'Em with Olofsson

Andrew Peters crashed Victor Olofsson's apartment to play video games and maybe, eventually, eat some lunch with the rookie forward:

Video: Grillin' 'Em: Victor Olofsson

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